I have come to believe that God’s work through us often spans generations. Only through simplistic eyes would anyone assume that the Divine Hand will get it all done in “their” time.
This is why many a child’s floor were once their parents’ ceiling. They are where they are because of what came before.
No generation should be so arrogant as to assume that God will accomplish the full breath of His will in their time.
Since God is Alpha (The Beginning) and Omega (The End), He sees past, present, and future in one single gaze. This is why Paul spoke in past tense in Romans 8 when he said, “To those whom He justified, He also glorified”. God sees it as already done even though it has not yet happened. He “knew” Jeremiah in the womb before he ever called him as a prophet to the nations. The Psalmist declared that he could not “run from His Spirit” nor “flee from His presence”. God sees all not just in real time, but in all times.
Add to this daunting reality His attribute of omnipotence and you come to the conclusion that God is the only one who has the power to get you to the goal. It may take more than one generation for Him to accomplish what He is trying to do, but He alone has the power to do it.
We are so used to working out of the small picture we have. With our present, real time picture, we define the whole of our lives.
1 Corinthians 13:12 states, “For now we see through a glass, darkly”.
You might not have heard the exotic name Gutzon Borglum, but he was known for two things: The sculpting of four presidents on Mount Rushmore, and also for having trans-generational vision. Borglum once said as he looked at the black hills of Mount Rushmore, “American history shall march along that skyline”. In 1927, Borglum began sculpting the images of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt on the granite face of 6,000-foot Mount Rushmore. Most of the sculpting was done by experienced miners under Borglum's direction. Working with jackhammers and dynamite, they removed some 400,000 tons of outer rock, cutting within three inches of the final surface. When Borglum died in March 1941, his dream of the world's biggest sculpture was almost realized. His son Lincoln finished the work that October, some 14 years after it was begun. It took one vision to see it, and two generations to complete it.
Perhaps God has given you a vision that spans generations and you have been frustrated because it’s taking so long. I encourage you to be patient knowing that the picture is bigger than your present moment.